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Police note increase in assault cases

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, February 20, 2014

JUST two months into the year and police in the Western Division have already received 142 cases of assault with intent to cause bodily harm.

Last year, the division topped the country in crimes against the person category with 1258 reports.

Crimes under this category include murder, manslaughter, causing death by dangerous driving, and all forms of assault.

Fiji Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said while the figure reflected the level of violence in society, it was also attributed to the increase in reporting.

He said the frequency of police awareness programs encouraged people to report crimes.

"Particularly for assault cases, people are now putting their faith in police to help solve their problems as opposed to those who were assaulted in the past," he said.

"In the past, people who were assaulted did not report cases because they were either scared, ignorant or had no faith in the system.

"We must also remember, the West is the biggest region which makes the statistics appear high."

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